GLENN DOUGLAS PEIRSON
July 22, 1965 – November 10, 2009
Glenn was a founding member of TACTUS
Musical Writings by Glenn
Book by Glenn
I am Keats as you are – http://physicianmusician.com/?page_id=156
As one of the two tenors in Tactus, I understand how important this voice part is to the world of music. Never dime-a-dozen, tenors obviously make music music. Tenor parts in Renaissance composition are somewhat schizophrenic, with extremely wide ranges, unpredictable and creative voicing, and often carry the responsibility for the cantus firmus (the ‘melody’ in polyphonic writing). So, there you have it, an argument for the importance of Marcus Kramer and myself!
My musical background includes boy and head boy chorister training under Scott Bradford at St. George’s Church, Guelph, Ontario. As a teen, I sang with the Ontario Youth Choir, and have since sung with The Elora Festival Singers under Noel Edison and, for many years, in Tafelmusik Chamber Choir under Ivars Taurins. Tactus Vocal Ensemble came into being during my Tafelmusik commuting time with Catherine Robertson and Stephanie Kramer. We met with Marcus, my former voice teacher, and the idea for our octet was born.
Outside of music, I practice medicine on the side, attempt to garden as much as possible, enjoy a small career as a writer, and love to tease and bother my wife and two children as much as possible. Our home is in Guelph and along the northern shores of Lake Huron.
Glenn Peirson, tenor
A Concert in Memory of GLENN PEIRSONCatherine Robertson, DirectorWith Linda Melsted, Baroque ViolinVictoria Requiem & works by Bach, Byrd and TomkinsSat. Feb. 20, 2010 @ 8:00 P.M.Church of Our Lady Immaculate, GuelphTickets at the door: $20, $10 students
To celebrate the life and memory of our dear friend Glenn, Tactus has chosen music for which he showed great enthusiasm. Linda Melsted, artistic co-director of Folia, has performed with Tactus on numerous occasions. She will play the Ciaconne from J. S. Bach’s Partita II. Linda brings formidable skill and deep passion to this complex masterpiece. She performs this work at Glenn’s request. Motets by Tudor masters Thomas Tomkins and William Byrd will be sung.
Ten years ago Tactus performed the Requiem of Victoria at the Church of Our Lady in Guelph. This too was at Glenn’s instigation. It is with great excitement that we present it again. Singing unaccompanied works from ‘The Golden Age’ of choral music in this grand church is a Tactus tradition. About the Requiem, Victorias final work, conductor and musicologist Bruno Turner has said,
This is our memorial to Glenn
founding member, tenor, chairman, inspiration and tireless enthusiast